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601 NW Wall St

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Sunday (07/14) 9:00 AM6:00 PM
Monday (07/15) 9:00 AM8:00 PM
Tuesday (07/16) 9:00 AM8:00 PM
Wednesday (07/17) 9:00 AM8:00 PM
Thursday (07/18) 9:00 AM8:00 PM
Friday (07/19) 9:00 AM6:00 PM
Saturday (07/20) 9:00 AM6:00 PM

601 NW Wall St
Bend, OR 97703

Phone: (541) 617-7050
Fax: (541) 617-7083

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The Downtown Bend Library was designed by Thomas Hacker and Associates of Portland, Oregon. The two-story, 38,855-square-foot library opened in 1998 and features exposed beams and high ceilings, complemented with eastward-facing windows, looking over Bend’s civic square.

The library’s large children’s area, located on the ground floor, includes an interactive Early Learning Space. You’ll also find a large community space, the Brooks Room, on the first floor that hosts story times for children as well as cultural programs for teens and adults. The second floor of the library houses teen and adult print and digital materials, as well as public computers, a meeting room, and reading and study spaces. Rotating art exhibitions reflect the talent of the local community. Free WiFi is available throughout the building.

Upcoming Events

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  • Jul 14 2024

    11:00 AM - Sunday - Brooks Room * Registration Required

    Get kids to eat their veggies by dehydrating food.

    Registration is required. Materials provided.

    Dehydrating food is magic. Did you know you can turn vegetables into powders? If you mix them into your kid's food, they'll never notice and get almost all the nutritional value! Shazam!

    Join School of Ranch and learn the secrets of dehydrating food, including knowing the equipment needed, preparing different types of foods, avoiding food safety problems, and making magical powders. Bonus - take home a soup-in-a-jar sample!

    Instructor:

    Beth Covert is a food alchemist. Before leaving her artist career and moving here from Ohio six years ago, Beth studied up on desert gardening. On arrival, she became the garden department manager at a local retailer. When her suggestions to stock climate-appropriate plants went nowhere, she started High & Dry Garden Works, her own lab for propagating plants that can thrive with limited water, excessive sun and wind, and deer. Among the many things she grows are her own foodstuffs, which she now by magic makes into amazing new shapes and forms. If you call Beth, prepare for a conversation that goes something like, "Hold on a sec, I just discovered how to make dehydrated french fries and need to write it down!"

    School of Ranch is a Central Oregon based 501c3 nonprofit. They hire experienced locals to teach practical homestead skills, live and in person. Beyond teaching skills and creating paying gigs, they help strengthen our community by providing common ground for people regardless of politics, background, age or beliefs.

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  • Jul 15 2024

    9:30 AM - Monday - Brooks Room

    Stories, songs and rhymes to develop early literacy skills. 3-5 yrs.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are optional at all in-person library events.

    Early literacy skills to get your child ready to learn to read are the focus of these story times. You and your child will hear great stories while also becoming more familiar with letter sounds, rhyming, vocabulary, and print. Plus there will be directions to follow, which will help prepare for kindergarten. 30 min.

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  • Jul 15 2024

    10:00 AM - Monday - Lobby Study Room

    Drop-in social services assistance that connects you with resources.

    Connect and get help with housing, medical, mental health, veterans services, social security resources, and more. Thrive Central Oregon staff help you navigate the complex forms, websites, and waitlists needed to access these resources. All appointments are first come first served and last for 30 minutes. For more information visit: www.thrivecentraloregon.org.

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  • Jul 16 2024

    9:00 AM - Tuesday - Wanderlust Tours * Registration Required

    Paddle on a beautiful Cascade Lake with a naturalist guide.

    Registration is required.

    Join us on this iconic paddling tour on the high elevation mountain lakes in the mighty Cascade Range.

    Wanderlust Tour’s "renowned naturalist guides will highlight the sweet spots on these stunning lakes that might not initially meet the eye. During our 2 hours on the water, along with the fun and sun, we may impart an understanding of the area’s hydrology and how water sustains all living things. We could build a vision for how insects, born in the lake’s waters, begin the cycle of life that is realized in this intact ecosystem. You will be energized with revelations about natural and cultural history that’ll keep your mind humming with delight long after you return home with fond memories of the tour.

    You’ll see parts of these large lakes that are only accessible by paddling into the fingers, coves, bays, and wetlands created by ancient eruptions and erosion. With sweeping views of our local mountains, our Bend, Oregon canoe tours have it all!"

    Tour Includes:
    - Professional guide & award-winning naturalist interpretation
    - Gear: canoes, paddles, PFDs (personal flotation device)
    - Transportation: to and from the Wanderlust Tour office

    Please Bring:
    - Sun Protection: Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
    - Layers: warm clothing including a shell jacket for variable weather
    - Miscellaneous Gear: Water bottle, camera, swimsuit (optional)

    Instructions:
    - Arrive no later than 8:50am
    - Departs from Wanderlust office in Bend
    - Late arrivals cannot be accommodated
    - Participants must sign waiver prior to departure
    - Tour will last approximately 4 hours, including transportation time.

    Canoe Info
    Wanderlust canoes have two paddling positions and include room in the middle for a third non-paddling passenger. Canoe tours are best for all skill levels. The weight limit per a canoe is 1100 lbs.

    Wanderlust Tours
    Wanderlust Tours offers half-day naturalist-guided tours and trips throughout the year in Bend, Sunriver, and Sisters, Oregon. They have specialized in outdoor tours, outdoor activities, and things to do in Bend Oregon since 1993. Renowned for their knowledgeable and professional guides, Wanderlust small group tours take you away from crowds to seek out the quiet of the Central Oregon Cascade lakes, rivers, forests, and caves. They offer the very best variety of things to do in Bend, Oregon! Learn more at https://www.wanderlusttours.com/

    Mission: Wanderlust Tours exists to inspire their guests and vibrantly share the natural and cultural history of Oregon in order to instill appreciation and protection of the environment.

    Ethic: Wanderlust holds great respect for the natural surroundings of their tours and hope to introduce people to delicate ecosystems while maintaining a low impact on the environment. *lw*

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  • Jul 16 2024

    1:00 PM - Tuesday - Brooks Room

    Join us for our weekly teen-led Dungeons and Dragons club. All experience levels are welcome to join us. Just bring your creativity, imagination, and fantasy skills (and some dice if you have them)!

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  • Jul 17 2024

    9:30 AM - Wednesday - Brooks Room

    Interactive story time with books, songs and rhymes. 0-5 yrs. Space is limited.

    Join us for stories, songs, and rhymes designed to support early literacy skill development, social emotional awareness and family engagement. 25 min.

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  • Jul 17 2024

    10:30 AM - Wednesday - Brooks Room

    A gentle story time for infant and caregiver. 0-18 mo.

    Babies need to hear stories, right from the beginning. You and your little one will join other families and hear very simple stories, songs and rhymes that will help to build a love of books and words. Only 15 minutes long!

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  • Jul 17 2024

    12:00 PM - Wednesday - Lobby Study Room

    Drop-in social services assistance that connects you with resources.

    Connect and get help with housing lists, medical access, mental health resources, veterans services, social security applications, and much more. Thrive Central Oregon staff help you navigate the complex forms, websites, and waitlists needed to access these resources. All appointments are first-come first-served and last for 30 minutes.

    To setup a remote phone appointment call 541-782-1022 or email info@thrivecentraloregon.org. For more information visit: www.thrivecentraloregon.org.

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  • Jul 18 2024

    9:30 AM - Thursday - Brooks Room

    Interactive story time with books, songs and rhymes. 0-5 yrs.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are optional at all in-person library events.

    Join us for stories, songs, and rhymes designed to support early literacy skill development, social emotional awareness and family engagement. 25 min.

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  • Jul 18 2024

    10:00 AM - Thursday - Meyer Classroom * Registration Required

    Learn to efficiently use your Windows Laptop!

    Learn the basics of Windows and how to customize your laptop. Explore settings, files, menus, options, and more. Add and remove programs, work with anti-virus programs, and secure your laptop.

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  • Jul 18 2024

    10:30 AM - Thursday - Brooks Room

    An active storytime with stories, songs & movement rhymes.  18-36 mo.

    This is an in-person program. Masks are optional at all in-person library events.

    Toddlers like to move so this storytime features not only the best stories, but plenty of participation through songs and action rhymes.  Your child will be introduced to letter sounds, vocabulary, and the fun of interacting with you and others.  25 min.

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  • Jul 18 2024

    11:30 AM - Thursday - Lobby Study Room

    Free, limited, drop-in notary services for the public.This is an in-person program.

    A notary public is available at Downtown Bend Library on the first and third Thursdays of the month to provide free, limited services for the public on a drop-in basis. The notary will sign up to two documents per person per session. This service is not intended for commercial businesses.

    A notary public is a state official who verifies the identity of the signer or signers. Notaries are not licensed to practice law and are not allowed to draft legal records or give advice on legal matters, including immigration.

    What to Bring:
    -All correctly filled-out, but unsigned documents. Documents must be signed in front of the notary.
    -Current signed photo identification (such as: driver's license, passport, U.S. military ID card, or ID card issued by federally recognized Indian Tribe) for all parties involved OR a friend with such ID to vouch for requestor's identity.
    -Any required witness or witnesses. Witnesses must be known to the signor and may not be solicited from library patrons or staff. Witnesses must also have valid, government-issued photo identification.

    Limitations:
    -Services are limited to two documents per person per visit
    -Services are not available for commercial businesses.
    -Notary cannot sign documents in languages they do not understand.
    -Notary and the requester must be able to communicate directly with each other; translators are not permitted.
    -Birth Certificates, Death Certificates and Marriage Certificates cannot be photocopied and notarized.

    Notaries reserve the right to decline service if the document(s), identification, or circumstances of the request for notary service raise any issue of authenticity, ambiguity, or doubt.

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  • Jul 18 2024

    1:30 PM - Thursday - Meyer Classroom

    Get help with your technology problems and questions.

    Practice your computer skills and problem-solve with staff. Find answers to your e-reader, tablet, laptop, smartphone, internet, or cloud-related questions. Free and open to the public. No registration is required. Closed on the 2nd Thursday of each month.

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  • Jul 18 2024

    5:30 PM - Thursday - Brooks Room

    Celebrate the LGBTQIA2S+ community with an interactive storytime and crafts.

    This event will highlight newly published LGBTQIA2S+ books for the whole family, provide space to connect with other local families, and allow new friends to create rainbow crafts together. Snacks and drinks provided. Bring the whole family!

    We will have a special guest star this month - Ruth Vernotico journalist and creator of SUS magazine. They will be teaching us the importance of storytelling and helping us write our own stories.

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  • Jul 18 2024

    6:00 PM - Thursday - The Commons

    Spoken word open mic night for all poets, storytellers, and writers.

    Join the OSU-Cascades MFA in Creative Writing program and Deschutes Public Library at The Commons Cafe and Taproom for open mic nights every third Thursday of the month. All writers, readers and word-lovers are invited to attend and read. Whether you're a first time reader or a pro, we create a safe and welcoming space for diverse voices. Readers are invited to arrive early to sign up for seven-minute mic slots.

    Food and drink available for purchase. This is an all-ages venue.

    875 NW Brooks Street, Bend, OR 97703

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  • Jul 19 2024

    10:00 AM - Friday - Lobby Study Room

    Drop-in social services assistance that connects you with resources.

    Connect and get help with housing lists, medical access, mental health resources, veterans services, social security applications, and much more. Thrive Central Oregon staff help you navigate the complex forms, websites, and waitlists needed to access these resources. All appointments are first-come first-served and last for 30 minutes.

    To setup a remote phone appointment call 541-782-1022 or email info@thrivecentraloregon.org. For more information visit: www.thrivecentraloregon.org.

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  • Jul 19 2024

    12:00 PM - Friday - * Registration Required

    A course for beginning writers to help them create and maintain a writing practice.

    This is an online program. Registration is required. Registered participants will receive the Zoom link to join the program.

    This course will help writers create a writing practice which will allow them to write anything. The goal of our time together is not to worry about form, grammar, plot, or characters. Instead, we will establish a writing routine and discuss how to fit our writing goals into that framework. Writers will leave with a clear plan of how to nourish their creativity and finish their projects.

    Grace Bialecki is a performance poet, novelist, and workshop facilitator who teaches for The Bridge and Hugo House. Her work has appeared in various publications including Catapult, Barrelhouse, and Epiphany Magazine where she was a monthly columnist. She has performed her poetry at the KGB Bar, Salmagundi Club, and been a featured poet at Paris Lit Up. Grace is the co-founder of the storytelling series Thirst, and the author of the novel Purple Gold. To learn more, visit Grace's website: https://www.graciebialecki.com/
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